Seiko released a new 4R16 model recently and I had the opportunity to handle one of them.
There regular editions as well as a limited edition in the new series and the watch that I am featuring here is the limited edition model. It is limited to 1000 pieces only.
The model number is SRP040K1.
Unlike the current automatic watches that Seiko sells in the local market, this watch comes with a inner rotating world time bezel. However, I must say the world time feature is a manual one. User needs to use the crown at the 2 o’clock position to rotate the world time bezel when using the feature. The 4R16 movement itself is not a world time movement. It only drives the hands and day/date wheel.
The limited edition model has black out case and bracelet and some pink gold elements found on its hands, minute ring, day/date frame, crowns and 24 hour bezel. Shown below is a regular edition (SRP037K1) for your comparison. It comes with stainless steel case and bracelet.
Regular edition SRP037K1
The watch is fitted with sapphire crystal and features a black textured dial. The hour markers are on the minute chapter ring which is layered over the dial. The watch is water resistant to 100m.
Since the world time feature is a manual one, they have added arrows on the world time bezel to make it more user friendly. For the same reason, they have made the crown at the 2 o’clock big and easy to turn. And by the way, both crowns do not screw in.
Below are the side profile shots.
The display back shows the 4R16 movement and its “Tokyo stripe” rotor. The serial number of the watch, “XXXX/1000” is shown on the caseback as well.
Watch comes with solid link bracelet with folding clasp and push button release. The end links are solid as well.
Here are the box and papers.
For those who are interested in how the world time feature works, I have included a few pages from the owner’s manual.
The new 4R16 World Time watch is distributed in Singapore by the authorized Seiko distributor, Thong Sia Group and here are the MSRP’s of the regular and limited edition models. Prices are in Singapore currency.
Seiko SRP040K1 featured in this post is provided by:
K2 Watch Company
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex
#03-K1. Singapore 400845
Tel: 6746 0270